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tv   The Queens Christmas Broadcast 2016  BBC News  December 25, 2016 5:15pm-5:31pm GMT

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focused on the francis focused on the plight of children, pleading with all parties to end the conflict in syria. translation: it is time for weapons to be still forever and the international community to actively seekin international community to actively seek in negotiated solution so that civil coexistence can be restored in the country. pope francis concluded by appealing for christians to stand out as people of compassion and self—sacrifice. martin bashir, bbc news. time for the headlines. the queen pays tribute to what you call the other heroes such as carers and volu nteers other heroes such as carers and volunteers in her christmas message but is forced to miss church this morning with a cold. president putin declares a day of mourning tomorrow in russia, after a military plane crashes on its way to syria, killing
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all 92 people on board. there is no longer any threat of a toon army in southern chile, after a powerful 7.6 magnitude quake hit off the coast. emergency services say there have been no fatalities. the israeli leader, binyamin netanyahu the israeli leader, binyamin neta nyahu has ordered the israeli leader, binyamin netanyahu has ordered his foreign ministry to summon and reprimand ambassadors from countries on the united nations security council, including britain. the move is a response to the un vote on friday that condemned israel's building of jewish settlements in the occupied west bank. our middle east analyst, alanjohnston west bank. our middle east analyst, alan johnston told me west bank. our middle east analyst, alanjohnston told me that mr netanyahu's action alanjohnston told me that mr neta nyahu's action shows alanjohnston told me that mr netanyahu's action shows his frustration with the security council. it looks as if a number of ambassadors in israel did not quite have the kind of christmas day that they might have been planning. as you say, a great string of them were called into the foreign ministry, some into the foreign ministry on
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the orders of prime minister netanyahu the orders of prime minister neta nyahu and each the orders of prime minister netanyahu and each of them, the british, french, russians, chinese, spanish and egyptians and others will have been left in no doubt at all as to israel's deep frustration with what happened on friday night. the passing of that un resolution which strongly condemned the whole israeli settlement building project in the occupied territories, describing it as a flagrant violation of international law. suddenly, israel found itself without a friend in the world after the us turned its back on the israelis, and allowed the resolution to go, did not veto it. the message was very clear from the world body and the israelis not accepting it for one moment. and clearly not going to act upon it and also talking about other measures with regard to the un as a result of their discontent. that that is right. the israelis have suffered a stinging diplomatic setback and defeat. now they are on the
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offensive. this mats reprimanding of the ambassadors on christmas day is only one part of it. prime minister netanyahu only one part of it. prime minister neta nyahu also has only one part of it. prime minister netanyahu also has the whole institution of the un itself in his sights. he has ordered a review of all of israel's relations with the world body, and said there will be a cutting off of funding, certainly to some branches of the un operation and one of the countries behind the moving of the resolution, senegal in west africa, has also been the focus of israel's graph, money for aid projects from israel cut off. but the real focus of mr netanyahu's anger is president obama himself. the relationship between the two men and the israeli government and the obama administration really couldn't be worse. mr netanyahu again today suggesting that mr obama was personally manoeuvring behind the scenes to deal this blow
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diplomatically to israel. and therefore, waiting potentially for donald trump? well, the israelis see change coming on a very kind president—elect, donald trump, who broke with the usual protocol surrounding the behaviour of the president—elect and personally tried to moving and derail, did what he could to derail this resolution at the un and was almost successful in that. he made clear his unhappiness at all this and the israelis see him about to move into the white house in the weeks ahead, and they have no doubt at all that they are going to have a much easier diplomatic relationship with washington, at least, in the years ahead than they have had with the obama administration. alan johnston on events in israel. a powerful typhoon, nock—ten, a powerfultyphoon, nock—ten, known locally as nina, has made landfall in the philippines as thousands. evacuate their homes. the typhoon has it the remote eastern province
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with wind speeds of up to 240 k ph. there is no immediate official report be either damage or casualties. the military and extra emergency staff are struggling to evacuate people and prepare for damage. the blunt willing to evacuate have been ordered to leave. many more who have been heading home for christmas are stranded because flights have been cancelled. this year's traditional christmas day broadcast by the queen put the focus on the theme of inspiration so here it is in full. band plays: god save the queen there was a time when british olympic medal winners became household names because there were so few of them. but the 67 medals at this year's games in rio
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and 147 at the paralympics meant that the gb medallists' reception at buckingham palace was a crowded and happy event. throughout the commonwealth, there were equallyjoyful celebrations. grenada, the bahamas, jamaica and new zealand won more medals per head of population than any other countries. many of this year's winners spoke of being inspired by athletes of previous generations. inspiration fed their aspiration, and having discovered abilities they scarcely knew they had, these athletes are now inspiring others. a few months ago, i saw inspiration of a different kind when i opened the new cambridge base of the east anglian air ambulance, where prince william works as a helicopter pilot. it was not hard to be
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moved by the dedication of the highly skilled doctors, paramedics and crew, who are called out on average five times a day. but to be inspirational, you don't have to save lives or win medals. i often draw strength from meeting ordinary people doing extraordinary things — volunteers, carers, community organisers and good neighbours — unsung heroes whose quiet dedication makes them special. they are an inspiration to those who know them, and their lives frequently embody a truth expressed by mother teresa, from this year saint teresa of calcutta. she once said, "not all of us can do great things. "but we can do small things with great love." this has been the experience of two
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remarkable organisations, the duke of edinburgh's award and the prince's trust, which are 60 and 40 years old this year. these started as small initiatives but have grown beyond any expectations, and continue to transform young people's lives. to mark my 90th birthday, volunteers and supporters of the 600 charities of which i have been patron came to a lunch in the mall. many of these organisations are modest in size but inspire me with the work they do. from giving friendship and support to our veterans, the elderly or the bereaved, to championing music and dance, providing animal welfare, or protecting our fields and forests, their selfless devotion
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and generosity of spirit is an example to us all. when people face a challenge they sometimes talk about taking a deep breath to find courage or strength. in fact, the word "inspire" literally means "to breathe in". but even with the inspiration of others, it's understandable that we sometimes think the world's problems are so big that we can do little to help. on our own, we cannot end wars or wipe out injustice... ..but the cumulative impact of thousands of small acts of goodness can be bigger than we imagine. at christmas, our attention is drawn to the birth of a baby some 2,000 years ago. it was the humblest of beginnings, and his parents, joseph and mary, did not think they were important.
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jesus christ lived obscurely for most of his life and never travelled far. he was maligned and rejected by many though he had done no wrong. and yet, billions of people now follow his teaching and find in him the guiding light for their lives. i am one of them because christ's example helps me see the value of doing small things with great love, whoever does them and whatever they themselves believe. the message of christmas reminds us that inspiration is a gift to be given as well as received, and that love begins small but always grows. i wish you all a very happy christmas. band plays: a christmas intrada by alfred reed her majesty the queen's christmas
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day message. now it is time for the weather forecast. it has been so mild today but we did not beat the all time temperature record for christmas which is 15.6. we got up to 15.1 in the north of the uk. tonight, colderair we got up to 15.1 in the north of the uk. tonight, colder air arrives. we have some blustery showers around across northern parts of the uk, cold enough for some wintry weather. particularly across scotland, temperatures not far off freezing. in the south, still relatively mild, 5-7 with in the south, still relatively mild, 5—7 with some rain around. boxing day, storm conor to the north will be sending fierce wind in the direction of northern scotland so a warning in force from the met office, and amber warning with gusts office, and amber warning with gusts of wind up to 80 mph and frequent showers. some of them wintry. look at that across most of england and wales, a beautiful boxing day on the way, so perfect for a nice stroll
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outside, and a big day for sport, perfect weather with lighter wind. but the light wind and clearer sky will lead to some fog and problems in the coming days. it will turn a bit colder and even frosty, particularly across the south. the meaningful good evening. the headlines: the queen pays tribute to what she calls "unsung heroes" — such as carers and volunteers — in her christmas message. i often draw strength from meeting ordinary people doing extraordinary things — volunteers, carers, community organisers and good neighbours — unsung heroes whose quiet dedication makes them special. the queen missed the christmas day church service at sandringham, as she has a heavy cold. the duke of edinburgh and other royals were at holy communion on the norfolk estate. meanwhile, in berkshire, the duke and duchess of cambridge are spending christmas with kate's family, the middletons. president putin has declared a national day of mourning in russia tomorrow —
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after a military plane crashed, killing all 92 people on board.
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